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Dangerous and Defective Drugs If you put your trust in a pharmaceutical company and were hurt by their product, you deserve compensation for your suffering.
Wrong Medication Did you receive the wrong medication or incorrect prescription from a pharmacy? If you have suffered because of a medication error please call us for a free case review.
Wrong Dosage Common forms of medication error: incorrect dosage error. Order our free book to learn how to protect yourself and your family from wrong dosage errors.
Other Errors Order our free book, "How to Make Pharmacies Pay for your Injuries Caused by Medication Errors, to learn your rights in prescription error cases.
Kids Rx Errors Order a free copy of The Top 10 Tips to Protect Your Children Against Pharmacy Errors. If you have suffered a prescription error contact our firm today.
Pharmacy Malpractice If you have suffered an injury because a pharmacy dispensed the wrong medication or made an error with your prescription, you are able to file a claim for negligence or malpractice and receive the compensation you deserve.
Walgreens Pharmacy Error Claims There have been numerous claims brought against Walgreens for pharmacy errors or prescription errors. Order our free book to learn how to take action.
CVS Pharmacy Error Claims If you've been injured because of a CVS Pharmacy prescription error, call us for help with your lawsuit at 888-526-7616.
State Pharmacy Boards If you have been severely injured because of a medication error, contact board-certified attorneys immediately to investigate your case free of charge.
Drug & Pharmacy Error Prevention Filing a pharmacy error lawsuit is the only way to make pharmacies take accountability for mistakes. Call our board certified attorneys for a free case review.
State Pharmacy Laws State laws on pharmacy malpractice. Learn the pharmacy error Statute of Limitation laws that apply to your state. Call 877-342-2020 for a free consultation.

Mediation Errors Won’t Fully Go Away With Electronic Prescriptions

David W. Hodges
Partner at Kennedy Hodges LLP practicing pharmacy error, medical malpractice and personal injury law

Medication errors are a problem in Texas and throughout our nation. Doctors, nurses, and pharmacists can all be negligent when it comes to prescription errors, putting patients at risk for serious injury or death. While most people know that medication mistakes can occur at hospitals, many are not really aware that dosing and medication errors can take place at their local pharmacies.

According to Surescripts, 69 percent of U.S. physicians in 2012 used electronic prescriptions. Now that most doctors are e-prescribing and sending patients’ prescriptions to their pharmacies via the computer, consumers may be left with a false sense of safety. Many patients do not realize that mistakes can happen with electronic prescriptions.

Consumers are under the impression that because doctors aren’t giving out difficult-to-read prescriptions that they shouldn’t have to fear a medication error. The fact is, doctors are still under the same amount of pressure, working in fast-paced environments, which can lead to errors.

Additionally, pharmacists work in busy environments, are constantly getting interrupted, and are under constant pressure to get prescriptions filled quickly. Sometimes a pharmacist won’t catch that a doctor didn’t select the right drug or the correct dosage of drug. Because pharmacists work in such high-pressure environments they, too, can make mistakes.

Although electronic prescriptions are believed to cut down medication errors, it is certainly not a foolproof system. Many things can contribute to the wrong prescription, including:

  • Human error
  • Choosing the wrong drug from a list
  • Selecting the wrong dosage from the drop-down menu
  • Editing errors
  • Design issues (e.g. too many drop-down menus in e-prescribing systems)
  • Alert fatigue (drug alerts that overwhelm doctors continue to pop up and soon get ignored)
  • Information technology problems

If you have suffered a pharmacy error that involved an electronic prescription, you need an experienced pharmacy malpractice attorney on your side to investigate the reason you received the wrong medication. To speak with a skilled lawyer in a free, no-obligation consultation, call Kennedy Hodges, L.L.P., at 888-526-7616. Also, make sure to request a copy of our report, How to Make Pharmacies Pay for Your Injuries Caused by Medication Errors.